Saint Anne Parish offers Reconciliation inside the church Monday through Friday between 11:30 and 11:50 a.m. and on Saturday from 4:15 to 5:15 p.m. Reconciliation in Spanish is available on Saturday at 4:15 – 5:15 p.m. Also, you may contact the Parish Office (713.526.3276) to arrange an appointment.
“Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive sins, they are forgiven; if you hold them bound, they are held bound.” John 20:22-23
Through the Sacrament of Penance, the Church not only acts as the sacrament of the Lord’s mercy but the Church also identifies herself as a sinful community on a journey to the reign of God. In this admission of sin, the Church prays: “Forgive us our sins for we too forgive all who do us wrong.” Luke 11:4
The liturgical process for conversion, repentance and forgiveness goes on continually within the Church and has taken many different forms over the years. Second Vatican Council called for the rite and formulae for the sacrament to be revised so that it could become more accessible and meaningful to the faithful.
The Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy, n.72 as well as the Dogmatic Constitution on the Church asserts that the purpose of the sacrament is to “receive the mercy of God” and to be “reconciled with the Church whom (sinners) have wounded by their sin, and who, by her charity, her example and her prayer, collaborates in their conversion.” (n. 11)
The celebration of the sacrament of Penance is “always an act in which the Church proclaims its faith, gives thanks to God for the freedom with which Christ has made us free, and offers its life as a spiritual sacrifice in praise of God’s glory, as it hastens to meet the Lord Jesus.” (Introduction to the new RITE, n.7)